NHL Game Summary - Boston at Ottawa
(Thursday, February 5th)
Final Score: Boston 4, Ottawa 3 (SO)
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - P.J. Axelsson scored in the fifth round of the shootout, and the Boston Bruins continued their winning ways with a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators.
After Tim Thomas had made several spectacular saves in stopping five Ottawa shooters, Axelsson went out wide, quickly switched to his backhand and pushed the puck between Brian Elliot's legs for the game-winner.
"To be honest with you, (the shootout is) not usually one of my strong points," Thomas said. "Tonight it went well, maybe a confidence carry-over from the All-Star Game."
Blake Wheeler and Zdeno Chara had a goal and an assist apiece for the Bruins, who have won four straight and six of seven. Chuck Kobasew also scored, while Thomas made 19 saves in the win.
"We want to win every game," Axelsson said. "I think Ottawa was better than us tonight. We were lucky to get two points; we have to get better."
Daniel Alfredsson and Nick Foligno logged a goal and a helper each, while the Senators dropped their fourth straight. Jason Spezza added a goal, and Elliott stopped 27-of-30 shots in a losing effort.
"Boston's a good team, and we're obviously ahead at the end of the game," Elliot said. "It could have easily gone both ways; we just have to know that we're building on every game. Coming up here at home, we're going to get on a roll, and we're going to be tough to play in the next couple of weeks."
The Bruins opened up the scoring on the power play, as Wheeler's deflection off an Andrew Ference slapshot gave Boston an early lead at 11:46.
Chara gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead midway through the second, blasting a slapshot from the point past Elliott for his 12th goal of the season.
The Senators made it a one-goal game heading into the third, though, when Foligno beat Thomas on a sensational deke and backhand shot with 4:06 left in the period.
Ottawa tied the game in the first minute of the third. Alfredsson picked up a loose puck in the slot and fired it past Thomas' glove just 58 seconds into the period.
The comeback was completed minutes later on the power play, as Spezza took a cross-ice pass from Foligno and blasted it past Thomas for a 3-2 Senators lead with 11:27 left.
With just 5:06 to go in the game, Ottawa's Antoine Vermette was assessed a double minor for a high-sticking call. Boston capitalized with 4:02 left, when Kobasew slammed home a rebound in front to tie the game.
Boston still had two minutes of power play time to work with but didn't score, and the game went to overtime. But the Bruins started the extra session on the power play, as the Senators were called for a penalty as time expired in regulation.
Ottawa killed off the penalty, and the goalies were flawless in overtime to force the game into a shootout.
Boston has an eight-game point streak...The Bruins lead the season series, 3-0...New Senators head coach Cory Clouston has lost his first two games at the helm...Boston has won 11 of 12 on the road.
02/05 23:18:48 ET